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The Sniper (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 May 1952 (USA)
A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant.

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Police Lt. Frank Kafka
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Eddie Miller
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Police Sgt. Joe Ferris
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Jean Darr
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Police Insp. Anderson
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Dr. James G. Kent
Mabel Paige ...
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Marlo Dwyer ...
May Nelson
Geraldine Carr ...
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Apparently rejected by women all his life, a loner with a high-power rifle starts on a trail of murder. The police are baffled by the apparently random killings until their psychologist comes up with some ideas. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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They were all brunettes... all under 30... and they all crossed the path of "THE SNIPER" See more »


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El Francotirador  »

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Despite all the iconic San Francisco location shots, no mention of the city's name is made. See more »

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Miller takes a full beer out of the refrigerator and takes one sip, but in the next shot, 80% of the bottle is empty. See more »

Quotes

Police Insp. Anderson: [noticing that curious onlookers are sticking their heads out of nearby windows] You know, some solid citizens are gonna' get their brains blown out if they don't pull their heads in... not that they got any brains to begin with.
Police Lt. Frank Kafka: Why don't you tell 'em?
Police Insp. Anderson: I'm waiting for the sound truck...
Police Insp. Anderson: [Sound truck has arrived, Anderson comes over the loudspeakers] This is Inspector Anderson speaking. Will the people please get their heads out of their windows? I repeat: get your heads out of the windows. There...
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Referenced in America's Sweethearts (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Plaisir d'amour
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Music by Johann Martini
Played by Marie Windsor in piano bar
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realistic study of a serial killer
20 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this long ago and I highly recommend that you seek this out for viewing. Please excuse any lapses of memory. This interesting study of a loner(B Movie actor Arthur Franz gives the performance of his career!) who hates women and is compelled to shoot them. As a manhunt ensues in the city (San Francisco I recall), the victims begin to mount until there is a suspenseful climax. A young Richard Kiley and venerable Adolphe Menjou(who ironically played in some daring dramas like Paths of Glory-yet testified before the House UnAmericans Committee for the blacklists)play the lead detectives.

Suffice it to say that this film not only deals intelligently with a serious subject matter, it ends in such a believable and non-cliched way that I loved this film!

Fritz Lang's M was probably the best of this genre and Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer was pretty impressive for a modern audience. Somewhere in between, The Sniper has its place from a fifties sensibility as a sleeper to be studied by today's more discerning audiences. Indeed, as Marnie is being rediscovered for its merits, The Sniper is a film ahead of its time.


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